The design of this large primary care project provided an opportunity to investigate how a building of this type can be future-proofed, by incorporating measures to facilitate flexibility of use, and by achieving the highest standards of sustainable design.
The standardised floorplate depth suits a wide variety of uses, whilst moveable link bridges connect a central lift and stair core to each clinic, allowing department entrances to be easily relocated in response to changing needs. The drainage and services strategies also support changes in how the building is used in future.
As well as being very flexible, the new building provides an exemplary environment for all users. It is organised around a generously scaled central atrium, which is enclosed by curving timber-clad walls, creating a stunning first impression upon entering the building.
WHD Design & Health Awards 2011 – Highly Commended
WAN Healthcare Awards 2011 – Commendation
Building Better Healthcare Award 2006 ‘Best Future Design Concept’ Winner
Allianz Arts – Business and Employers Award 2007
CEF/SPECIFY Construction Excellence Awards 2010 – Health Infrastructure Award.
International Academy for Design and Health Awards 2011 – ‘International Sustainable Design’ Highly Commended
An exemplar of flexibility and sustainability in healthcare design
‘This fantastic design will contribute significantly to the patient experience and the therapeutic process: it is a pleasure working with Avanti.’
The Southern Trust
Location County Armagh, UK
Photographer Paul Tierney, Tom de Gay